Our Story


The Holiday Shacks Story

Holiday Shacks is a luxury holiday accommodation business which was first established in 2008 to offer guests and owners alike a personalised end-to-end managed service.

Located across Victoria’s beautiful south east coast from Frankston to Portsea, our properties are hand-picked luxury and unique retreats, designed to offer our guests the finest Mornington Peninsula accommodation and bespoke experiences.

Holiday Shacks is a term given to Australian holiday houses almost a century ago.

"The Shack" as it was soon referred to, soon became the treasured iconic symbol of family holiday memories.

These were first designed as rustic shacks which appeared by popular holiday beaches or remote riverside banks, often built with no formal planning regulations, usually furnished with the family’s odds and ends and given a hand-painted name as the final finishing touch. In the 1940s, Shack licenses were issued to the public and the rustic Holiday Shack began to be transformed into a special place to stay with the little extras.

In Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula began the trend for more up market holiday houses, beginning in Sorrento, the site of Victoria’s first European settlement in 1803 at Sullivan Bay. Sorrento and then Portsea fast became the established playground of the holidaying rich and famous showcased by the magnificent holiday mansions, which today remain along the southern shorelines.

In recent years, development and growth on the Mornington Peninsula has seen the emergence of luxury coastal and rural holiday homes. It has been our privilege and honour to assist with the promotion of our industry sector and to be able to offer our guests the very best holiday rental and short term accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula highlighted today in the Holiday Shacks premium property portfolio.

The Mornington Peninsula is an exclusive world-class region offering a soothing majestic environment, coupled with healing properties of the region, a number of world class outdoor pursuits and award-winning establishments to offer the perfect destination for the discerning traveller.

Holiday Shacks five star experiences and luxury and unique villas will take you a world away, to relax and unwind. So good, you’ll never want to leave and always want to return.

We wish you a very memorable stay.

The Holiday Shacks

Our Team

Holiday Shacks Escape Artists are a qualified team of holiday property management experts. We know the Mornington Peninsula well and are happy to accommodate your requests as required. We are passionate about accommodating your dreams on the Peninsula and ensuring your stay is the most memorable experience.

A Holiday Shack (as defined since 2008 by Holiday Shacks Pty Ltd) is a private, residential holiday retreat, hosting holiday makers for the enjoyment of holiday time away from home.

Andrea Wilson

Managing Director, founder and owner (2008-)
Andrea Wilson

Andrea is Managing Director and Founder of Holiday Shacks Luxury Holiday Accommodation, a company specialising in the management of self-contained luxury holiday houses and services.

Established in 2008 Holiday Shacks now represents more than 60 fully managed luxury holiday country and coastal retreats in Victoria. Andrea is a passionate advocate for the holiday rental industry as Vice-Chairperson and past Chairperson of the national industry body, the Holiday Rental Industry Association (HRIA), Committee Member of Victorian Accommodation Industry Association (VicAIA) and Accommodation Committee member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC). Andrea has 10 years’ industry experience in the Tourism and Leisure sector. Andrea holds a Diploma in Public Relations (Deakin University, Victoria), e-Business Certification (RMIT) and a Masters of Arts (with First Class Honours).

Andrea is passionate about property and interior design and is a keen runner, having completed several international marathons. When she has her down time, exploring new destinations is high on the agenda as is spending precious time with her family and friends.